2011 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar unveiled

As a UCI 2.2-rated event the SRAM Tour of the Gila will once again be a National Racing Calendar event in 2011.
As a UCI 2.2-rated event the SRAM Tour of the Gila will once again be a National Racing Calendar event in 2011.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 27, 2010) – USA Cycling is pleased to announce its 2011 National Racing Calendar (NRC). Comprising 30 of the nation’s top pro-am road cycling races for both men and women, the 2011 calendar offers three more races than the 2010 edition and features 14 criteriums, 13 stage/omnium races and three one day road race events.
Three notable changes will mark the 2011 edition of the NRC:
•               USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar will include all UCI Category 2 rated races in the United States.
•               All domestic elite teams will be required to register rosters with USA Cycling in order to be calculated in the NRC team standings. This will facilitate a clearer representation of the team points standings. (Individuals will be able to gain individual NRC points as in previous seasons.)
•               The 2011 NRC will function under a new classification system, ranging from .HC to .4.
The 2011 NRC will pay out over a million dollars in total prize money as it showcases the nation’s best domestic teams and athletes in 23 states between March and October. 
The Redlands Bicycle Classic will once again mark the unofficial start of the cycling season, kicking off the NRC on March 30th and running through April 3. Then, the nation’s top sprinters will head to Anniston, Ala. for the first of 14 criteriums on the 2011 NRC - the Sunny King Criterium on April 9.
The next pair of stops helps to offer an improved balance of road racing on this year’s calendar. The Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, N.Y. will mark the 2011 NRC’s first one-day road race. Modeled after the grueling European spring classics, the Tour of the Battenkill will feature rolling terrain on both dirt and paved roads through the Battenkill Valley on April 16. Racing action will then heat up in the Southwest as the world-famous SRAM Tour of the Gila offers both men’s and women’s stage racing points in and around Silver City, N.M., April 27 – May 1.
Returning to the NRC for 2011, USA CRITS Speed Week will light up the Southeast, April 30 – May 8, offering NRC points to the omnium winners over two weeks of crit racing. On the opposite coast, the Dana Point Grand Prix will offer NRC points to the men’s winner in scenic Dana Point, Calif. on May 1. A long-standing NRC event, Arkansas’ Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley will be held on its traditional weekend of May 5-8.
The NRC continues on May 14 with the Tour de Grove in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis and then turns east for the Wilmington, Delaware Grand Prix on May 21. America’s oldest race, the Tour of Somerville, will take place on May 30 while the Base Camp International p/b Verizon Wireless will be contested on June 2. The women's-only Liberty Classic will return as the one of the strongest women's races in the country to add a third one-day event to the calendar.
An omnium of criteriums, Tulsa Tough will once again take place June 10-12 in Tulsa, Okla., while another omnium event, the Air Force Cycling Classic will offer NRC points on the east coast, June 11-12.
Midway through the season, teams will be looking to vie for control of the NRC team standings at the 2.1-ranked Nature Valley Grand Prix stage race in Minnesota, June 15-19. Back-to-back criteriums will take place the following weekend with the Glencoe Grand Prix p/b AT&T in Illinois and the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix in California, June 25 and 26 respectively.  
A holiday tradition, the long-running Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic will once again take place over the July 4th weekend, but this time as a 1.3-rated criterium instead of its traditional stage race format. The national racing community will then be excited to welcome back the Tour de Toona as a 2.4-rated stage race for both men and women in and around Altoona, Pa., July 5-10.
The Univest Grand Prix will join the NRC as its penultimate contest. Photo courtesy: MarcoQuezada.com
The Univest Grand Prix will join the NRC as its penultimate contest. Photo courtesy: MarcoQuezada.com
Another long-standing favorite, the Boise Twilight will light up the streets of Boise, Idaho on July 16 before action moves west for the six-day Cascade Classic in the mountains surrounding Bend, Ore. The Tour de Nez will make a welcomed return to the NRC, July 27-31, offering stage race points for men and women in Reno, Nevada; the Tour of Elk Grove will do the same while also offering the calendar’s largest men’s prize purse, Aug. 5-7 in Illinois.
The Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criteirum will kick off a string of late summer crits in the streets of Charlotte, N.C. with the largest combined purse for both men and women on Aug. 6. The Grand Cycling Classic will offer NRC points for women while the men’s portion of the event serves as the American-only USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships on Aug. 20 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Evanston Grand Prix in Illinois and the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghampton, N.Y. then close out the month of August. The re-vamped Labor Day Omnium will then take place in parts of Georgia and South Carolina, Sept. 2-5.
The 1.HC Univest Grand Prix will join Battenkill and the Liberty Classic as the only other one-day road race, making its NRC debut on Sept. 17 in Souderton, Pa. Stretching into October, the 2011 NRC will conclude with the CapCrit p/b WCSA near the nation’s capitol in downtown Washington D.C. on October 2.
For more information on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar including the complete points distribution table, visit www.usacycling.org/nrc.  
2011 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
Mar. 30-Apr. 3: Redlands Bicycle Classic 2.2 Stage Race - M/W - Redlands, CA
Apr. 9: Sunny King Criterium1.3 Crit - M/W - Anniston, AL        
Apr. 16: Tour of the Battenkill1.HC M/1.4 W Road Race - M/W - Cambridge, NY 
Apr. 27-May 1: SRAM Tour of the Gila2.1 M/2.2 W Stage Race - M/W - Silver City, NM      
Apr. 30-May 8: USA CRITS Speedweek2.5.2 Omnium - M/W - GA, SC 
May. 1: Dana Point Grand Prix 1.3 Crit - M - Dana Point, CA    
May 5-8: Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley  2.3 Stage Race - M/W - Fayetteville, AR             
May. 14: Tour de Grove1.3 Crit - M/W - St. Louis, MO
May. 21-22: Wilmington Grand Prix 2.5.2 Omnium - M/W - Wilmington, DE          
May. 30: Tour of Somerville1.2 Crit – M - Somerville, NJ         
Jun. 2: Base Camp Intl. p/b Verizon Wireless1.3 Crit – M - Basking Ridge, NJ  
Jun. 5: Liberty Classic 1.HC - W - Philadelphia, PA  
Jun. 10-12: Tulsa Tough 2.5.1 Omnium – M - Tulsa, OK           
Jun. 11-12: Air Force Cycling Classic 2.5.1 Omnium - M/W - Arlington, VA           
Jun. 15-19: Nature Valley Grand Prix 2.1 Stage Race - M/W – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN   
Jun. 25: Glencoe Grand Prix p/b AT&T 1.4 Crit – M - Glencoe, IL            
Jun. 26: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix 1.2 Crit - M - Manhattan Beach, CA           
Jul. 3: Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic 1.3 Crit - M/W - Fitchburg, MA 
Jul. 5-10: Tour de Toona 2.4 Stage Race - M/W - Altoona, PA  
Jul. 16: Boise Twilight 1.2 Crit - M - Boise, ID               
Jul. 19-24: Cascade Classic Stage Race 2.2 Stage Race - M/W - Bend, OR          
July 27-31: Tour de Nez 2.4 Stage Race - M/W - Reno, NV
Aug. 5-7: Tour of Elk Grove 2.1 Stage Race - M - Elk Grove, IL
Aug. 6: Presbyterian Hospital Invitational1.1 Crit - M/W - Charlotte, NC
Aug. 20: Grand Cycling Classic 1.2 Crit - W - Grand Rapids, MI               
Aug. 21: Evanston Grand Prix 1.4 Crit - M/W - Evanston, IL       
Aug. 27-28: Chris Thater Memorial 1.2 Crit - M/W - Binghamton, NY      
Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Omnium 2.5.2 Omnium - M/W – GA/SC  
Sept. 17: Univest Grand Prix 1.HC Road Race - M - Souderton, PA        
Oct. 2: CapCrit p/b WCSA 1.4 Crit - M/W - Washington, DC       
About the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. Currently in its 15th season, the National Racing Calendar (NRC) is the premier season-long domestic road cycling series sanctioned and owned by USA Cycling. With an overall ranking system that determines the best individual male and female cyclists, as well as the best teams in the U.S., the NRC features the nation’s top Pro-Am events and boasts a total prize purse of nearly one million dollars. The 29-race calendar is open to both professional and amateur cyclists. For more information on the NRC, visit www.usacycling.org/nrc.  

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